Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System(PPRTMS)

News:Election Commission of India (ECI) is set to implement the Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System(PPRTMS). Facts: About the registration system: The registration tracking system is being implemented to help the applicants track the process of registration of political party.This system will be effective from 1st January,2020. The system will be implemented through an online… Continue reading Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System(PPRTMS)

Postal ballot facilities for Absentee voters

News:Election Commission of India has started working on detailed guidelines to facilitate the process of postal ballot paper for Absentee voters of essential services, Senior citizens of more than 80 years and marked PwD electors. Facts: About the guidelines: EC has defined absentee voter as a person belonging to such class of persons as may… Continue reading Postal ballot facilities for Absentee voters

Explained: What are ‘A, B’ forms & why they are crucial

News:Candidates aspiring to contest upcoming assembly elections on the ticket of a political party are required to submit various documents and forms.The most important documents are Form A and Form B. Facts: About Forms: Form A and Form B denotes that a certain candidate has been approved by a political party and should be allotted… Continue reading Explained: What are ‘A, B’ forms & why they are crucial

Election Commission cuts short disqualification term for Sikkim Chief Minister

News:The Election commission has reduced the Sikkim chief minister disqualification period by almost five years under a provision of electoral law. Facts: Background: Prem Singh Tamang was appointed as Sikkim Chief minister in May, 2019.But he needs to be elected to the Assembly within six months of his appointment. However,he was barred from contesting polls… Continue reading Election Commission cuts short disqualification term for Sikkim Chief Minister

Election Commission to host Association of World Election Bodies

The Election Commission of India(ECI) will be hosting the 4th General Assembly of the Association of World Election Bodies(A-WEB) at Bengaluru on 3rd September 2019. India will take over as A-WEB’s Chair for the 2019-21 term.Over 50 countries across the globe will join the A-WEB meeting. The Association of World Election Bodies(A-WEB) is the largest… Continue reading Election Commission to host Association of World Election Bodies

Allow us to retain national party status till after 2024 Lok Sabha polls: TMC, CPI to EC

Trinamool Congress(TMC) and Communist Party of India(CPI) have urged the Election Commission to allow them to retain the national party status till the Lok Sabha elections in 2024. This came in the backdrop of EC serving show cause notices to TMC, CPI and Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) seeking explanation on why their national party status should… Continue reading Allow us to retain national party status till after 2024 Lok Sabha polls: TMC, CPI to EC

Accessible Elections; a successful endeavor of Election Commission of India during Lok Sabha Election 2019

Election commission of India’s motto of ‘Accessible Elections’ was successful in making the India’s elections inclusive and participative for all. EC had used several key initiatives such as electors with disabilities and senior citizens were mapped polling station wise to provide them targeted and need based assistance on the day of poll. During the election,all… Continue reading Accessible Elections; a successful endeavor of Election Commission of India during Lok Sabha Election 2019

Convicted in graft case, Sikkim CM seeks disqualification waiver

Sikkim Chief Minister(CM) has requested the Election Commission (EC) to grant him a waiver of the remaining period of his disqualification to retain the post. Sikkim CM who was appointed on May 27,2019 needs to be elected to the Assembly within six months of his appointment.However,he is barred from contesting polls as he has been… Continue reading Convicted in graft case, Sikkim CM seeks disqualification waiver

ECI Flagship IT Program – Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) – a success story

The Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) has recorded a 60.14% voting in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. ETPBS was developed by the Election Commission of India with the help of C-DAC for the use of service voters.It is fully secured system. This system enables the entitled service voter to cast their vote using… Continue reading ECI Flagship IT Program – Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) – a success story

SVEEP Nodal Officers from across the country meet to deliberate upon the blueprint for the next five years

The Election Commission of India has organised a National Conference of Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation(SVEEP) Nodal Officers to deliberate upon the blueprint for the next five years. SVEEP is a programme of multiple interventions through different modes and media.It is designed to educate citizens,electors and voters about the electoral process in order to… Continue reading SVEEP Nodal Officers from across the country meet to deliberate upon the blueprint for the next five years

Dissenting view not part of final order, says EC

The Election Commission has issued a formal order stating that dissent views will not be made part of orders relating to model code of Conduct (MCC) violation cases. This decision was taken as MCC matters were not quasi-judicial proceedings and hence did not require dissent or minority views to be conveyed as part of the… Continue reading Dissenting view not part of final order, says EC

Election Commission yet to receive data on VVPAT slips

The Election Commission has not received the final tally on the mandatory matching of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail(VVPAT) slips with the Electronic Voting Machine(EVM). As per the Supreme Court’s order,EC has to counter-check the VVPAT and EVM tallies in five randomly selected polling stations in an Assembly segment. Previously,only the VVPAT slips from one EVM… Continue reading Election Commission yet to receive data on VVPAT slips

NOTA most popular in Bihar, 8 lakh shun parties

According to the Election Commission’s website,Bihar saw the highest number of voters in the country opting for the None of The Above (NOTA) option while exercising their franchise in the Lok Sabha polls. None Of The Above (NOTA) is a ballot option designed to allow the voter to indicate disapproval of all of the candidates… Continue reading NOTA most popular in Bihar, 8 lakh shun parties

Model code of conduct: Dissenting opinions won’t be part of orders, says Election Commission

The Election Commission has overruled one of the Election Commissioner demands for making a member’s dissent on model code of conduct(MCC) violation cases public. EC by majority has held that MCC matters were not quasi-judicial proceedings and hence did not require dissent or minority views to be conveyed as part of the final order. Recently,one… Continue reading Model code of conduct: Dissenting opinions won’t be part of orders, says Election Commission

Article 324 and role of Election Commission

The Election Commission of India has curtailed campaigning in West Bengal for the final phase of the general election shutting down election campaigning 19 hours earlier than it was to end.It has also removed the  state’s Home Secretary and a senior police officer. This order comes after violence was reported in West Bengal during which… Continue reading Article 324 and role of Election Commission

Representatives of several countries in India to witness Lok Sabha polls

Recently,Several heads and Representatives of 20 Election Management Bodies (EMBs) from across the World had arrived in India to witness the ongoing General Elections to 17th Lok Sabha. Delegates included a team of Election officers from Election Commission of Myanmar visiting India as part of training programme being conducted International Institute of Democracy and Election… Continue reading Representatives of several countries in India to witness Lok Sabha polls

Explained: Dissent in the Election Commission – what the rules say

According to a report,one of the Election Commissioner has dissented with the opinion of other Election Commissioners in five different matters pertaining to alleged violations of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). Section 10 (Disposal of business by Election Commission) of The Election Commission (Conditions of Service of Election Commissioners and Transaction of Business) Act,1991… Continue reading Explained: Dissent in the Election Commission – what the rules say

More women voted in nine States: EC data

According to the phase-wise data released by the Election Commission, women voters have outnumbered men in several States and Union Territories. In nine States,there was a higher women turnout.The highest of 52.13% was recorded in Meghalaya where there was a jump of almost 2.5% in the overall participation(71.32%) compared with the 2014 election. Further,higher women… Continue reading More women voted in nine States: EC data

Madras High Court upholds President’s decision to cancel Vellore poll

The Madras High Court has upheld the Election Commission’s decision of cancelling polling in Vellore Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu. Earlier,the President had cancelled polling in Vellore.This decision was taken after the Election Commission had recommended to the President that elections in Vellore be cancelled citing the suspected use of money power to influence… Continue reading Madras High Court upholds President’s decision to cancel Vellore poll

Vellore parliamentary constituency polls rescinded

President has cancelled polling in Vellore.It is the first Lok Sabha seat to have had its elections cancelled over abuse of money power. This decision comes after the Election Commission had recommended to the President that elections in Vellore be cancelled citing the suspected use of money power to influence voters after huge cash seizures… Continue reading Vellore parliamentary constituency polls rescinded

SC irked after poll panel’s counsel says it is ‘powerless’

The Supreme Court has expressed displeasure over the Election Commission for not taking action against politicians for communal and hate speeches during the Lok Sabha campaigning.The court has decided to examine the ambit of poll panel’s power on the violation of model code of conduct. The court was hearing a plea seeking an order from… Continue reading SC irked after poll panel’s counsel says it is ‘powerless’

Voters needn’t know source of political funding: govt.

The government has told the Supreme Court that anonymity should be maintained in the electoral bond scheme to protect donors and recipients right to privacy. The government’s statement came during a hearing on electoral bonds in the Supreme Court.The petition had challenged the validity of the Electoral Bonds scheme on the grounds that (a)It keeps… Continue reading Voters needn’t know source of political funding: govt.

Anonymity of poll bonds must go: EC

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has told the Supreme Court that it was not opposed to the use of Electoral Bonds as an instrument but did not want the donations to remain anonymous. Earlier,the Election Commission had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court.It said that the introduction of electoral bonds and the removal… Continue reading Anonymity of poll bonds must go: EC

Service Voters Play Important Role in Close Contests in Election

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has said that Service Voters are going to play a crucial and decisive role in cases of close contests in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Service voters are those who have service qualification.They include (a)member of Armed Forces of the Union of India (b)members of Armed Police forces of… Continue reading Service Voters Play Important Role in Close Contests in Election

Pasupu Kumkuma’: Andhra govt scheme for women gets EC nod

The Election Commission (EC) has passed an order stating that any money transfer under the ‘Pasupu Kumkuma’ scheme will not violate the Model Code of Conduct(MCC). The Commission has said that the Model Code of Conduct does not come in the way of the schemes that have been launched before MCC kicks in,especially if the… Continue reading Pasupu Kumkuma’: Andhra govt scheme for women gets EC nod

In SC, govt. defends electoral bonds

The Government has opposed in the Supreme Court on the concerns raised by the Election Commission on issuing electoral bonds. Earlier,theElection Commission of India had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court.It said that the introduction of electoral bonds and the removal of the cap on corporate funding by the government will have a serious… Continue reading In SC, govt. defends electoral bonds

LS polls: EC ropes in community radio stations to educate voters

The Election Commission has organised a workshop for training and capacity building of the community radios for voter education and awareness. The event was organised as part of Systemic Voters Education and Electoral Participation(SVEEP) programme. Further,Community radio stations have assured the EC to contribute their best for voter education and awareness. The Community radio is a… Continue reading LS polls: EC ropes in community radio stations to educate voters

Electoral bonds hit transparency in political funding, says Election Commission

The Election Commission of India has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court.It said that the introduction of electoral bonds and the removal of the cap on corporate funding by the government will have a serious impact on the transparency of political funding. EC has said that the amendment made to the Foreign Contribution Regulation… Continue reading Electoral bonds hit transparency in political funding, says Election Commission

Tamil Nadu sees highest seizure ahead of polls

Election Commission has seized cash,liquor and freebies of nearly Rs 540 crores within two weeks of the implementation of the model code of conduct. Tamil Nadu recorded the maximum seizure of these illegal inducements, suspected to have been routed and used to bribe voters followed by Uttar Pradesh,Andhra Pradesh and Punjab. The EC has deployed… Continue reading Tamil Nadu sees highest seizure ahead of polls

Bar use of ‘mental’ & ‘mad’ jibe: Psychiatry body to poll panel

The Indian Psychiatry Society (IPS) has requested the Election Commission of India to put a ban on the use of words like mental instability and mad.These words are used by politicians while describing their opponents during the election campaign. The Indian Psychiatry Society has said that the words used by politicians are discriminatory, inhuman and… Continue reading Bar use of ‘mental’ & ‘mad’ jibe: Psychiatry body to poll panel

Put off loan waiver payments till poll ends, EC tells Karnataka

Election commission has asked the Karnataka Government to stop the transfer of money to the loan accounts of farmers under the farm-loan waiver scheme. The decision to stop the scheme temporarily was taken after the model code of conduct came into force ahead of the Lok Sabha election. Further,the scheme entailed cash transfer to the… Continue reading Put off loan waiver payments till poll ends, EC tells Karnataka

Indian Statistical Institute submits report on VVPAT to Election Commission

The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) has submitted its report to the Election Commission on the number of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine slips that should be matched with Electronic Voting Machine(EVM) results to enhance voters confidence.At present,VVPAT slips in one randomly chosen polling station per constituency are tallied with EVM results. The report… Continue reading Indian Statistical Institute submits report on VVPAT to Election Commission

SVEEP programmes begin in Mandya, Ramanagaram

Election Commission of India has organised Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation(SVEEP) programmes at Mandya and Ramanagaram towns in Karnataka.It was organised to urge the voters to vote during upcoming lok sabha elections. SVEEP is a programme of multiple interventions through different modes and media.It is designed to educate citizens,electors and voters about the electoral… Continue reading SVEEP programmes begin in Mandya, Ramanagaram

Social media firms come up with ethics code for Lok Sabha polls

The social media platforms such as Facebook and twitter have adopted a voluntary code of ethics for the upcoming general elections.The code was prepared by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). Election Commission had asked social media platforms to adopt a ‘Code of Ethics’ to be followed by the them during the upcoming… Continue reading Social media firms come up with ethics code for Lok Sabha polls

15 polling stations to be set up for Bru refugees

Election Commission of India has decided to set up 15 temporary polling stations in Mamit district of Mizoram exclusively for Bru community voters living in relief camps in Tripura. The Brus,also called Reangs, are scattered across Assam,Mizoram and Tripura.In Mizoram,they inhabit small pockets of Mamit,Lunglei and Lawngtlai districts,but the largest section is in Mamit bordering… Continue reading 15 polling stations to be set up for Bru refugees

Election Commission sets pre-poll deadline for manifestos

The Election Commission has amended the Part 8 of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).It deals with the election manifesto. The amended model code states that (a)In case of single phase election,manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory period and (b)In case of multi-phase elections,manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory periods of… Continue reading Election Commission sets pre-poll deadline for manifestos

Election Commission introduces mobile app for observers

The Election Commission of India (ECI) have launched the Observer App,a mobile application.The election observers can submit the relevant document and material to election commission directly through this mobile app. The poll observers will also get all the important notifications and alerts through this app.It will also help them get their deployment status, download the… Continue reading Election Commission introduces mobile app for observers

Parties may find it hard to raise Sabarimala issue in campaign

Kerala’s Chief Electoral Officer said that political parties invoking the Sabarimala temple during campaigning would be considered as the violation of Model code of conduct(MCC).MCC came into force after the Election Commission announced the dates for General election,2019. The Model Code of Conduct is a set of general guidelines for model behaviour during elections to… Continue reading Parties may find it hard to raise Sabarimala issue in campaign

Assam CEO: people in electoral rolls can vote

Assam chief electoral officer said those people who have their names enrolled in the electoral rolls will be able to cast their votes in the Lok Sabha polls. There was confusion among a large section of people in Assam whether those excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens(NRC) could cast their votes or not.The… Continue reading Assam CEO: people in electoral rolls can vote

No campaigning with defence staff posters: EC

The Election Commission of India has instructed political parties to keep India’s defence personnel out of election campaigning and not to use their photographs in advertisements.It was issued as Model code of Conduct is to come into effect after the EC announces Election dates. The Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct is a set of… Continue reading No campaigning with defence staff posters: EC

EC allows 11 documents to prove voters’ identity

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced that photo voter slips will no longer be accepted as ‘stand-alone identification document’ for voting at polling stations.It justified its decision on the ground that photo voter slip design does not have any security features and can be misused. ECI has listed 11 documents for identification that… Continue reading EC allows 11 documents to prove voters’ identity

Poll candidates now have to give income details of 5 years

Election commission has announced that all candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha election will have to declare (a) their income tax returns (ITRs) of past five years (b) details of foreign assets held by them and (c)Permanent Account Number(PAN) as per the Conduct of Election(Amendment) Rules 2019 notified by the Ministry of Law and Justice.… Continue reading Poll candidates now have to give income details of 5 years

Audit source code of VVPATs, EVMs

Supreme Court has sought the Election Commission’s view on a petition demanding an audit of the source code, which is considered the brain of the EVMs. Source code is the list of instructions that cause the computer to display screens, record votes, tally votes, and perform all other functions both visible and invisible. For example,… Continue reading Audit source code of VVPATs, EVMs